February 18, 2017

Trump tweet: “The FAKE NEWS media (New York Times, NBC,  ABC, CBS, CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/02/17/trump-calls-the-media-the-enemy-of-the-american-people/

Scott Pruitt confirmed to head Environmental Protection Agency. “Attorney General Pruitt made his name opposing EPA rules that protect human health and the environment, fighting against clean air and clean water, disregarding the science behind the EPA’s protections for human health and the environment, on behalf of for-profit special interests, not the public interest.”   http://edition.cnn.com/2017/02/17/politics/senate-epa-scott-pruitt/index.html

Internet trade groups want Congress to beef up privacy rights. “Section 702 of FISA has allowed for mass surveillance programs … that have been used by the U.S. government to warrantlessly collect and search the Internet communications of people all over the world.”   http://www.csoonline.com/article/3171097/security/tech-groups-gear-up-for-fisa-surveillance-fight.html

Trump’s Florida getaways, Trump Tower security costing taxpayers millions. “Trump’s three Mar-a-Lago trips since the inauguration have probably cost the federal treasury about $10 million…. In New York, the city is paying $500,000 a day to guard Trump Tower…”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/trump-familys-elaborate-lifestyle-a-logistical-nightmare–at-taxpayer-expense/2017/02/16/763cce8e-f2ce-11e6-a9b0-ecee7ce475fc_story.html

North Korean man reportedly detained in Malaysia after Kim Jong Nam assassination. “Kim Jong Nam, the eldest son of the late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, had spoken out publicly against his family’s dynastic control of the isolated, nuclear-armed North Korea.”   http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-malaysia-kim-idUSKBN15W0U9

Pakistan says it has already killed more than 100 Islamic militants in response to Thursday’s terror bombing. “The Pakistan Army on Friday said that they have killed more than 100 suspected terrorists after a suicide bomb attack at a crowded Sufi shrine — Lal Shahbaz Qalandar — in Sindh province resulted in a loss of at least 88 lives.”   http://www.ibtimes.co.in/pakistan-army-says-100-suspected-terrorists-killed-after-sufi-shrine-attack-716470

IS prisoner says rapes and executions were “normal”, and he personally raped 200 women and killed 500 people. “We shot whoever we needed to shoot and beheaded whoever we needed to beheaded.”   http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/feb/17/isis-captive-talks-terror-groups-rape-culture-this/

White House spokesman says no plan to use National Guard to round up illegal aliens. “The memo says (the Department of Homeland Security) should enter into agreements with state governors allowing their National Guard members “to perform the functions of an immigration officer in relation to the investigation, apprehension, and detention” of suspected illegals.”   http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/white-house-denies-report-national-guard-would-be-used-immigration-n722496

Ford moving Mexico auto jobs to another Mexican plant. “…the small car production originally planned for the discontinued San Luis Potosi plant is shifting to an existing Ford Mexican assembly plant, not returning to the U.S.”   http://money.cnn.com/2017/02/17/news/companies/ford-mexican-plants/

Writer claims segregation wasn’t the norm in many parts of the south until the beginning of the 20th century. “In 1894, black Republicans and white Populists joined together to create a “fusion” ticket of candidates to oppose Democrats. They shocked the political establishment and won two-thirds of the legislature…. Back in power (in 1898), Democrats were determined to never lose power again. There were two ways of ensuring this, according to Leloudis: making sure blacks could no longer vote, and making poor whites feel superior to and (hostile towards) black voters.”   https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/02/segregation-invented/517158/

Trump’s approval rating drops to 40% or less, lowest since at least Eisenhower. “Gallup’s daily poll, which is based on a three-day rolling average, has Trump’s approval rate at 38 percent and his disapproval rate at 56 percent, with a 3-point margin of error.”   http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/gallup-trump-one-month-approval-rating-lower-other-presidents-n722701

Group of senators wants U.S. companies to release info about where their employees are located. “It’s hard to hold companies accountable for gaming the system and shipping jobs overseas when it’s not even known where their employees are located.”   http://www.computerworld.com/article/3170899/it-industry/6-senators-say-us-firms-are-hiding-their-offshoring.html

Some governments suspected of manipulating social media. “Most recently, after January’s gas price hikes (in Mexico) triggered public protests on major roadways and online, a select set of Twitter accounts began promoting illegal activities such as looting and theft, in what appeared to be an effort to influence conversations and delegitimize the protests. Most commonly, they inserted hashtag #SaqueaUnWalmart (“loot a Walmart”) into conversations bearing the #gasolinazo hashtag, which was widely used by protesters.”   https://globalvoices.org/2017/02/16/netizen-report-in-kenya-and-mexico-citizens-suspect-state-manipulation-on-twitter/

Detained Dreamer’s lawyer accuses ICE of altering his client’s statement by erasing key words in order to incriminate him. “It is one of the most serious examples of governmental misconduct that I have come across in my 40 years of practice.”   http://fusion.net/story/387463/ice-accused-doctoring-paperwork/

Obama administration’s SEC chair reportedly goes back to work at corporate law firm after claiming she was retiring from the firm in her ethics disclosure form. “White will be a “senior chairwoman” at Debevoise, representing corporate clients in government investigations and negotiations.”   https://theintercept.com/2017/02/17/a-corporate-defender-at-heart-former-sec-chair-mary-jo-white-returns-to-her-happy-place/

Oklahoma restaurant reportedly fires 12 employees for observing “Day Without Immigrants” strike. “You and your family are fired. I hope you enjoyed your day off, and you can enjoy many more. Love you.”   http://ktul.com/news/local/catoosa-restaurant-fires-12-workers-for-not-showing-up-on-day-without-immigrants

Doctor believes Trump may be suffering from neurosyphilis. “Commonly recognized symptoms include irritability, loss of ability to concentrate, delusional thinking, and grandiosity,” said Beutler. “Memory, insight, and judgment can become impaired. Insomnia may occur. Visual problems may develop, including the inability of pupils to react to the light. This, along other ocular pathology, can result in photophobia, dimming of vision, and squinting. All of these things have been observed in Trump. Dementia, headaches, gait disturbances. and patchy hair loss can also be seen in later stages of syphilis.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/02/trumps-bizarre-volatile-behavior-could-be-from-untreated-syphilis-infectious-disease-doctor/

CIA director denies rumors that agency is withholding sensitive intelligence from Trump. “The CIA does not, has not, and will never hide intelligence from the President, period.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/02/trump-reportedly-shouted-at-cia-director-after-hearing-intel-reports-are-being-withheld-cbs/

Deep State and Trump administration allegedly engaged in “death match of American political power”. “While definitions vary, the Deep State includes the CIA, NSA, Defense Intelligence Agency, and components of the State Department, Justice Department, Department of Homeland Security, and the armed forces.”   http://www.alternet.org/trump-vs-deep-state

Leaked memo allegedly reveals that Trump is getting very short, simple daily briefings from CIA. “Presumably, the memo’s guidelines—less material, less nuance, less dissent—were developed in response to Trump’s reactions to the materials he has received.”   http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/02/classified-memo-tells-intelligence-analysts-keep-trumps-daily-brief-short

Flynn reportedly told FBI that he did not discuss Obama administration sanctions on Russia during call with Russian ambassador. “In a recent interview with the Daily Caller, Flynn said he didn’t discuss “sanctions” but did discuss the Obama administration’s expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats (who) it said were “intelligence operatives”.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/flynn-in-fbi-interview-denied-discussing-sanctions-with-russian-ambassador/2017/02/16/e3e1e16a-f3d5-11e6-8d72-263470bf0401_story.html

Former head of Argentina’s military arrested for alleged involvement in kidnapping and torture incident during period of military dictatorship. “Milani was a lower-ranking officer during the 1976-1983 dictatorship and later rose to head the armed forces during the 2007-2015 term of former President Cristina Fernandez.”   http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/argentine-military-chief-arrested-torture-kidnap-case-45568287

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February 18, 2017

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